9 GREATER HARTFORD FOUNDERS, ENTREPRENEURS, AND INNOVATORS ANSWER THE QUESTION: WHAT MAKES CONNECTICUT INNOVATIVE?
“One advantage of Connecticut’s small size is our ability to interact with organizations such as CURE, the MetroHartford Alliance, and other chambers of commerce. Our involvement with the community helps us to develop creative, innovative approaches and new business models.”
— Rachael Felberbaum, Ph.D., Senior Director, Business Development, Protein Sciences Corporation
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“[Supporting the innovation we have in Connecticut] is going to attract innovators to the area. We need to start from the bottom up—develop the idea of innovation and start working with innovators throughout Connecticut. To develop the innovation, you must be open-minded to these kind of ideas. You have to take a risk.”
–Balam Soto, Founder and Lead Creative Mind at Open Wire Lab
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“Connecticut has highly educated and skilled people in the state, but that alone is not sufficient to be innovative. People need a support structure that allows them to be innovative. The presence of great research universities (such as Yale and UConn/UConn Health) and the Jackson Lab for Genomic Medicine are a great source of collaboration that is key to biotechnology innovation. Innovation also needs a financial and lab facilities support structure that is willing to support innovation. Connecticut Innovations and the Connecticut Biosciences Innovation Fund are critical to innovation in the state by allowing ideas that are too early and too speculative for standard venture capital funding to get off the ground. The incubator spaces, such as the University of Connecticut Technology Incubation Program (TIP), are also a valuable resource by giving entrepreneurs an affordable, world-class lab space in which to get their ideas off the ground.”
— Thomas Jarvie, Co-Founder and CEO of Shoreline Biome
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“There are so many good, innovative things happening here in Connecticut and we have great resources too—people, education, and financing.”
— Eric Knight, Founder and President of Remarkable Technologies, Inc.
“Connecticut is innovative because of its people, location, and history. The community and institutions have fostered a ‘can do’ spirit of creation and invention for hundreds of years and this is a tradition we proudly carry on today. Our proximity to high tech/bio-tech/fin-tech hubs and numerous educational and health institutions gives innovators access to a vast network of markets and resources. We have a very diverse startup community that I just don't see in other parts of the country.”
– Steven Yanicke, President MakeHartford
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“There’s an energy level that comes with ‘young thinking.’ The idea of being in an innovative space—generally everybody brings positive energy. And you walk out with greater energy yourself being in that environment.”
– Gary Brandt, President and Co-Founder TEN DIGIT Communications, an innovative communications startup working out of Upward Hartford
“It has been remarkable for me to watch our community come together in service of creating the right conditions for entrepreneurs and innovators to thrive and attract top talent to our community…An incredible concentration of institutions [in Connecticut] have the capacity to foster startup activity and second-stage business growth activity.”
– Michelle Cote, Managing Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Connecticut.
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“I think Connecticut businesses are growing and the state has put a lot of resources into building entrepreneurs, startups, and new technologies…We’ve been fortunate to have support from the state of Connecticut, Connecticut Innovations, and UConn. We also do some work with CURE and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) accelerator program.”
– Dr. Nicole Wagner, President and CEO of LambdaVision Inc.
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“Innovation in Connecticut is not limited to one field or sector, but is rather being embraced across disciplines. Connecticut promotes and supports innovation in business, technology, communication, health care services and delivery, collaboration, partnerships, and even community health.”
– Scott Orsey, Director of Operations and Strategy at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Office for Community Child Health.
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